After Theories of the Earth finishes in December, the gallery will be closed for the rest of the winter season.

It will reopen in March 2019 with the first of the 3 exhibitions of the year.

Water Rising

9 March - 2 June 2019

Peter Matthews: painting Ascension, from body of work relating to Mexico


The sluice gate which forms a barrier between the Purfleet River, on which the Gallery sits and the Great Ouse, the tidal river which brought King’s Lynn its trade


Fragile Nature

28 June to 15 September 2019

Elspeth Owen, Paca Sanchez, Lotte Scott, Emma Howell

Lotte Scott giving a talk in her exhibition at Norwich Outpost Gallery, 2018.

A work by Paca Sanchez

Lotte Scott, a work from an exhibition in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin, curated by Harriet Lofler, 2018.


Paca Sanchez, a work in progress


Forthcoming for 2019

Spring exhibition

Water Rising: 9 March - 2 June

Peter Matthews, a recent drawing trip to Mexico. The artist makes durational drawings while he is submerged in the ocean.

GroundWork Gallery sits directly on a river, the Purfleet, which is is tributary of the Great Ouse which we can see from our windows. We are in a flood plain and water is both our benevolent neighbour, having for centuries brought the trade and commerce which is the source of the Town’s wealth, and its greatest threat, in our current era of climate change. This exhibition features works by artists who are thinking about the resourcefulness we need as we live with water. How do we save water? How do we pit our strength against water? What happens when water threatens to engulph us? How do we cope when there is too much or too little water? The exhibition includes work by Lynn Dennison, Simon Faithfull, Stewart Hearn, Susan Hiller, Peter Matthews, Annie Turner. Many more will be included in discussions and workshops during the course of the exhibition.

28 June - 15 September 2019:

Summer exhibition

Fragile Nature:

Elspeth Owen, Paca Sanchez, Lotte Scott, Emma Howell,

Paca Sanchez, left and Elspeth Owen meeting in Elspeth’s studio, summer 2018, and realising they are the same age,.

This exhibition centres on the work of three women artists who have all developed practices using aspects of nature in the most delicate and sensitive way. Paca Sanchez is a modernist. She organises plants, flowers, seeds, grasses in lines, grid-like formal arrangements, geometric patterns. There is a very satisfying strength and order to her work, yet it demonstrates above all how the properties of natural materials are dominated by their fragility. Paca is Franco-Spanish in origin and lives in Southern France. Elspeth Owen lives and works just outside Cambridge, and makes the most egg-shell thin ceramic vessels, often part of installations which celebrate natural materials, journeys, women’s ways of life. Lotte Scott is of a different generation and her work uses natural materials, such as charcoal, lime, soil, in a highly experimental way, enabling them to flow and express their properties freely, finding their paths in the gallery.

Paca Sanchez studio, Southern France.